I just love wine and everything about it. I work in retail as a wine manager and buyer; sometimes do private tastings. I have a terrific husband & brilliant daughter. Favorite wine? One someone else bought! Cotes du Rhone; Left Bank Bordeaux - Any Blend..
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Jul 19, 2009 at 5:16pm
Added Jul 19, 2009 at 5:16pmJammy Cab Lover? This wine is for you! The ZOLO Cabernet Sauvignon is very dark and enticing in the glass with aromas of rich blackberry jam or preserves. Upon tasting the fruit is dark and concentrated, with smooth tannins on the finish. Reminiscent of the Layer Cake styles of wine - as I said, jammy lovers should snatch up this wine for their cellars!
Jul 19, 2009 at 5:08pm
Added Jul 19, 2009 at 5:05pmThe Osborne Solaz '06 is a perfect example of why Spain has become such a "go-to" country for wines that over-deliver for the price. This Tempranillo is blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon giving it added structure and firmness, balancing out the good red fruit from the Tempranillo. The nose is a bit tight, but the flavor profile shows sour cherry, toasty oak vanilla and blackberries. This is definitely a food-friendly wine with some great acid and tannins that cry out for a big, juicy steak, aged, hard cheese - or a nice creamy spinach artichoke dip! I found it last week on sale for $5.99 instead of $7.99 - I bought a case and so should you!
Jul 8, 2009 at 6:11pm
Added Jul 8, 2009 at 6:08pmAnother terrific little sipper from Rosenblum! Dark purple in the glass with vanilla, oak and smokey sulphur all tangled up with dark, brambly fruit. Yum! Medium and round in the mouth, a bit of blackberry with a touch of licorice, and a bit of vanilla; the oak is light and nicely done, not overwhelming the fruit. Soft, nice ample finish. Not disappointing at all!
Added Jul 8, 2009 at 6:07pmAnother terrific little sipper from Rosenblum! Dark purple in the glass with vanilla, oak and smokey sulphur all tangled up with dark, brambly fruit. Yum! Medium and round in the mouth, a bit of blackberry with a touch of licorice, and a bit of vanilla; the oak is light and nicely done, not overwhelming the fruit. Soft, nice ample finish. Not disappointing at all!
Jul 2, 2009 at 7:24pm
Added Jul 2, 2009 at 7:24pmOoo-la-la! This little French dessert wine from Jurançon is so yummy, you'll need to buy several of the little bottles to stash away for future needs! A blend of three grapes, the Chamarré is a medium sweet dessert wine, sure to delight even those who are not fans of this style of wine. A beautiful, golden to amber color with a nose of tropical pineapple, caramel and a touch of honey. The taste? Why Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, of course! All it was missing was the cherry!
Jul 2, 2009 at 7:12pm
Added Jul 2, 2009 at 7:12pmI poured the Mulderbosch Rose` of Cabernet at an event recently and was amazed to find that while it wasn't a favorite of white drinkers, the red drinkers LOVED it! This fun summer wine is a delight to the eyes with its beautiful, deep, salmon color and soft floral aromas mingled with strawberry and a touch of herbs. The Cabernet gives this rose` an "echo" of fullness - although crisp and clean with bits of strawberry jam and cherries. A satisfying finish has you raising your glass again, and again.
Jun 25, 2009 at 11:53am
Added Jun 25, 2009 at 11:51amWow ~ FInd this wine and buy a case! I had the pleasure of trying it at a 20+ bottle tasting last evening and it tied as my favorite wine. (Tied with Quintessa '06 at $135 a bottle.) VERY good QPR - definitely worth $30. So, as I said - find it, buy it, enjoy it!. In the glass the color was quite dense and dark - crimson. Aromatically beautiful - hints of anisette and plum. Upon tasting - HUGE "ahhhhh" factor; very round in the mouth, black cherries and plum, seemed a hint of cinnamon with a nice, very light touch of oak/vanilla, followed by a kiss of minerality on the back end. I LOVED this wine; it was an elegant balance of fruit and tannins, softness and structure. This wine would be terrific with many different dishes, but I think it would thrill you all on its own!
Jun 25, 2009 at 11:24am
Added Jun 25, 2009 at 11:24amI have had previous vintages of this wine and enjoyed them. Last night had the 2006 at a tasting and it was OVERWHELMINGLY smokey. I just couldn't get past the smoke to discern any fruit whatsoever in the aromatics. Upon tasting the wine it was as though I had a mouthful of Vienna Sausages or smokey hotdogs. Again, no discernable fruit on the palate. I'd have to take a major pass on this wine. Perhaps the 2007 has more to offer.
Jun 19, 2009 at 4:58pm
Added Jun 19, 2009 at 4:56pmI first encountered this wine on a "By the Glass" menu at a local restaurant; usually not a huge Pinot Noir fan, but a friend had it and commented on the bouquet, so, of course, I sniffed along with her. A bit of strawberry, violet and vanilla/oak - smelled delish! Upon tasting it was more full and round in the mouth than other Pinots I'd tried. For a French Pinot It is very "New World" in style (fruit prominence and usage of oak...) But, I quite enjoyed it and thought it well worth the $8 by the glass price point. I discovered it in a grocery store later on and snatched up several bottles for $10. Worth the price in my book.
Jun 19, 2009 at 4:05pm
Added Jun 19, 2009 at 4:05pmI had the opportunity to taste this wine last month (May 2009), the 2004 has definitely seen better days. The fruit is aging, the nose diminished. It is definitely tired. Don't waste your money.
Jun 19, 2009 at 4:02pm
Added Jun 19, 2009 at 4:00pmI would pay serious money just to SMELL this wine, let alone drink it! The first time I tried it, it took me ten minutes of swirling and sniffing before I allowed myself to taste it. I was overwhelmed by the complexity and beauty of the nose - couldn't get enough of it. One of the best wines I have come across. Elegant, complexity in flavor and aromas - extremely BIG, yet balanced. The finish lingers for a minute and longer. Chip in with some friends and buy a bottle - It's fantastic!